Half of all female patients have an uneven breast size. This condition is described as having difference in the form, position, and volume of the breasts.
Generally, the condition often evens out after some time and is more noticeable when female patients reach puberty.
Causes of Uneven Breast Size
The exact cause of having uneven breasts is still unknown but there are several contributing factors that leave one breast size different from the other. These factors include the following.
- Hormonal changes which usually happen during adolescence and pregnancy.
- Traumatic injuries
- Underlying skeletal and medical conditions such as curvature of the spine, scoliosis, chest wall deformities, juvenile or virginal hypertrophy, and breast cancer.
Uneven Breast Size Treatment
There are 2 main breast surgery procedures that can be done to have an even breast size. These procedures include reduction and augmentation of the breasts and involve the following methods.
- Breast Implants. The first step of the method involves administration of either local or general anesthesia. Then, an incision will be made under the breast that is large enough for the preferred shape and size of the implant. When the implant has been inserted, the incision will be closed and the area will be tightly wrapped in gauze or patients will be required to wear a surgical bra which will be removed after a few days. The procedure will take around two to four hours and medications will be administered all throughout that time. Generally, patients are permitted to go home after a few hours from surgery.
- Fat Transfer. Liposuction is performed using a cannula to vacuum out fats from other areas of the body like the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and the back. These fats are processed and then injected into the breast. This is also performed using local or general anesthetics.
- Breast Reduction Surgery. This method involves making a small incision in the breast area and removing small amounts of tissue and skin to create a smaller breast size that will be symmetrical to the other breast. The method usually takes plenty of time for recovery.
- Liposuction. This is less invasive compared to breast reduction surgery and involves a shorter recovery period. It also causes minimal pain, fewer and smaller scars, and costs cheaper than surgery. The method uses a small tube or cannula that is inserted to vacuum and remove fats from the breast.
- If caused by diseases like cancer, the methods mentioned above are often not recommended but can be done sometimes in conjunction with several kinds of medications.